Science Program. The disposition letters and time have been pushed to the PST; the science program has been posted on the web; and the public bit has been set so they show up in the proposal finder tool (PFT). There was a discussion of Sponsored proposals. There are two main issues. (1) The PHT does not handle Sponsored proposals correctly and we plan to fix this for 16B. (2) It is difficult to get the Sponsored proposal disposition letters completed in time, even with the PHT fixed. The plan is to delay adding the Sponsored proposals into the Science Program until the disposition letters are sent.
Student Observing Support. Currently there has only been one SOS proposal submitted, so the plan is to add a reminder in the eNews article. Since the eNews will go out in a couple of weeks, leaving little time to prepare an SOS proposal, we will send out a special eNews letter reminding people of the SOS opportunity.
eNews Article. A standard article has been drafted and will be submitted on Friday.
The CfP will be send on 5 January 2016. The text must be finalized by 4 January 2016, 1 pm EST.
ALMA will participate as a VLBI station for GMVA (3mm). The plan is to include ALMA in the PST by using the Other textbox. ClaireChandler has drafted some text in the VLBA section of the CfP. We need to add a paragraph in the News & Opportunity section. Also, ALMA 1mm proposals will be handled offline (outside of the PST). In the future this could be added as another telescope (as we did for GMVA).
There has been some discussions about the double jeopardy for people who receive an NSF grant but still have to propose for observing time. If it was decided to give users time with NSF grants then NRAO would still need to perform a technical review. How should this be performed? If we needed to flag such proposals we could require specific text in the abstract (which could be searched). It was felt this was premature for 16B.
A statement will be provided to address the fact that the new contract to manage NRAO will begin during 16B. We expect no changes in the near term and that users will propose for GBT and VLBA time as usual.
3202 Add TAC Review CSV File Button [There are three consumers: TAC, director, users. Each requires different info. We currently have csv files for the director and users so we should add one for the TAC meeting. The Director's review csv file does not have the necessary fields.]